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The Fred Waring Show - 8 October 1950


Published 1950


An episode of "The Fred Waring Show". This variety show is a mixed bag. The highlight is the fun and entertaining "Autumn in New York" sequence (sadly with some sprocket-hole damage). The low-point is the entire second-half, which recreates a turn-of-the-century minstrel show. It's embarrassing, but even if I were to ignore the out-dated blackface, it just plain isn't funny. Painfully corny. Then again maybe you'll like it. Who knows. But it does have the original commercials for General Electric!


Run time 59 minutes 19 seconds
Audio/Visual sound, black and white

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Reviewer: HappySwordsman - - December 15, 2015
Subject: Public domain
In response to the previous reviewer, this episode is public domain (though some of the compositions performed are still copyrighted).
Reviewer: Movielover18 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2015
Subject: Trying to contact uploader
Hello HappySwordsman,
Thank you for uploading this archival footage! I am a first time filmmaker and would love to use a few seconds of this film for my documentary. Could you please tell me who holds the copyright and how to contact that person or organization?
Many many thanks!!!
Reviewer: Tony Pizza - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2015
Subject: Historical Artifact, but still appalling
This is worthwhile as an historical artifact right to its last lines where Harry Simeone is thanked for his musical arrangements. By 1958 he'd form his own troupe and give the world "The Little Drummer Boy," a worldwide Christmas hit.
Reviewer: gearwonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2012
Subject: Typically excellent Fred Waring, but...
It's hard to watch the minstrel portion of this show if you're sensitive to, or on guard against, racist attitudes. I'm sure Fred meant this as a tribute to the highly entertaining minstrel tradition, and he did it his usual high production values.

If you can set aside modern sensibilities for 30 minutes, you can enjoy and appreciate an excellent representation of a traditional minstrel show boosted by a top-notch orchestra and chorus.
Reviewer: JLMatterer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2012
Subject: Tried to watch
I tried to watch this, but halfway through my blood sugar levels began to dangerously rise due to the overwhelming amount of corn syrup and sugar-coating, and I had to switch to something a little less disgustingly sweet.
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